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Meru Assembly pledge support for Munya

13 March 2014, 15:41 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Meru county assembly members have vowed to support the ousted governor Peter Munya in case of a by-election.

The assembly majority leader, Solomon Ayub Bundi said Munya has been tested and they have seen what he can do to develop the County.

The 69 MCAs pledged to rally support for Munya following a judgment by court of appeal sitting in Nyeri, which nullified Munya’s election stating that gubernatorial elections in Meru County did not meet the constitutional threshold.

Speaking at Nyamachaki PCEA hall in Nyeri town during the MCAs forum, Bundi said the campaign will be a battle between them and MPs from the County.

“Voters in Meru have increased and are magnified. We will campaign door to door and we request the MPs not to attempt to engage in these campaigns because they will be ashamed,” said Bundi.

He exuded confidence that Munya will recapture his seat with a landslide given that the MCAs have marshaled their support for him.

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Munya lost his seat following an appeal that was filed by a voter, Dickson Mwenda Githinji challenging his election.

According to Githinji's appeal, elections in the area were marred with malpractices and irregularities.

Munya was elected on a APK party ticket in the hotly contested seat garnering more than 184 000 votes, followed by his closest rival Kiremi Mwiria of TNA who garnered about 180 000 votes.

The region's political landscape is partly divided between the TNA and APK parties.

APK is led by area political kingpin and Meru senator, Kiraitu Murungi while TNA is led by Kithure Kindiki who is also the Senate majority leader.

The two political parties also have equal number of members in the county assembly, with each having 13 elected members and a similar number of nominated members.

However, Munya said he will move to the Supreme Court to seek reversal of the judgment.

He said the Supreme Court has set standards for gubernatorial election petitions but the appellate court disregarded them.

“The appellate court shifted the burden of proof to the winner of the elections instead of the petitioner,” said Munya.

He further faulted the judgment saying the judges relied on a witness brought by the electoral commission instead of the petitioner’s witnesses.

“The court ruled on a matter that was not part of the petition. There are a lot of politics in it,” he stated.

Munya became the second governor to lose the gubernatorial seat after Jack Ranguma of Siaya County who was reinstated after a by-election.

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